Monday 6 November 2023

A Dead Man Walking - J.D. Kirk - DCI Logan Book 18

A Dead Man Walking
DCI Logan Book 18
ISBN 9781912767762

A Dead Man Walking - J.D. Kirk - DCI Logan Book 18

This was another volume from Kirk that I eagerly anticipated. From its announcement until the day, it dropped. I picked it up the day it released and devoured it. Last year I discovered the writings of J.D. Kirk. I read about a book a week after reading my first DCI Logan novel. And this marks the 24th under the Kirk name and almost 20 under the names Barry Hutchison and Barry J, Hutchison. So this is the 40th volume from this author in the last year that I have read. I have now read the first 18 in the DCI Logan series and all 4 in the Robert Hoon series, The first in the DI Heather Filson series as well as stand alone VIP exclusive short story. I picked the first for a few reasons, but mainly because authors Alex Smith and JE Mayhew have both recommended the author and series. I am a big fan of Smith’s DCI Kett novels and Mayhew’s DCI Will Blake Series. I have been hooked since that first read. 

I had no idea how addictive Kirk’s books would be or that like Mayhew and Smith, Kirk publishes under three different names. Kirk publishes children books as Barry Hutchison, and other adult fiction as Barry J. Hutchison. He has published over 200 books across the three pen names. If I had known that or I might not have picked up this first one. Friends call me a ‘completionist’ in that when I find an author I like, I try to read everything they have published. Being caught up now on his works as J.D. Kirk I will have to wait for each new one to come out, and this volume was well worth the weight. But back to this volume.

The description of this novel is:

“A remote Highland castle. A dark and stormy night. A murder most haunting.

It’s Halloween, and when a reclusive billionaire is discovered dead in his study at McQuarrie Hall - a 14th century castle turned stately hotel - DCI Jack Logan and his team must race the worsening weather to get to the scene of the crime.

There, among the victim’s extended family and staff, Jack finds no shortage of suspects. Everyone, it seems, had reason to want the old man dead, and they all have something to hide.

Cut off from back-up and forensic support by the worst storm in decades, and with the cast and crew of a TV ghost hunting show seriously cramping his style, Jack’s only chance of solving his latest case is by going back to basics.

But the castle’s residents won’t give him a minute to think.

Not even the dead ones...”

This story starts with a locked room murder in a castle. Logan and the team are on the way there when the bridge washes out. Any part of the team makes it across. A storm like no other is buffeting Scotland. And It interferes with communications, computer systems and eventually even power at the castle.  Logan, Tyler, Tammi-Jo and one local officer made it to the castle. This case is anything but straightforward. Everyone on site seems to have a motive. I am beginning to feel like Tyler is the red shirt in the Kirk novels. If something can so sideways and it often does, it seem to happen to him more often than not. But this time he starts standing up for himself, and for a little girl. The hero in him is emerging. This is a police procedural that gets in the dirt and grime. Both of the case, and while on this case, history of a truly despicable man. Oh and the case takes place on Halloween Night!

I stayed up late finishing this story. I just could not put it down. This is another good read in a great series. I love the three series written under the pen name J.D. Kirk are definitely Scottish Mysteries. This book and series would be great reads for fans of Jack Reacher, Jack Ryan, or Temperance Brennan. I state it again this is a good read in an excellent series!      

Books by J.D. Kirk:

DCI Logan Series:
A Killer of Influence

Robert Hoon Thrillers:

DI Heather Filson Series:

Contributed to:
Everyday Kindness: A Collection of Uplifting Tales to Brighten Your Day

Books as Barry J. Hutchison:
Dan Deadman Space Detective Series:

Space Team Series:
The Search for Splurt 
Song of the Space Siren 
The Guns of Nana Joan 
Return of the Dead Guy 
Planet of the Japes 
The Time Titan of Tomorrow 
The King of Space Must Die 
Sting of the Mustard Mines 
Sentienced to Death
The Hunt for Reduk Topa
A Lot of Weird Space Shizz: Collected Short Stories

Sidekicks Initiative Series:

The Bug Books Series:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Complete Season One

Other Books:

Children’s books as Barry Hutchison:
Invisible Fiends Series:
The Crowmaster 
Doc Mortis 
The Beast 
The Darkest Corners 

The Missing Remote of the Apocalypse
The Book of Doom 

Benjamin Blank Series:

Beaky Malone Series:

Generator Rex Series:

Living Ted Series:
Revenge of the Living Ted
Invasion of the Living Ted

Spectre Collectors Series:
Too Ghoul for School
A New York Nightmare!

Other works:

A Dead Man Walking - J.D. Kirk - DCI Logan Book 18

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